Mark Mattioli, the father of a boy killed in the Newtown, Conn. massacre, applauded the National Rifle Association Tuesday for putting together school safety recommendations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The NRA has called for armed personnel to be installed in schools across the country.
“This is a comprehensive program,” Mattioli said at a press conference, according to a rush transcript. “I think politics should be set aside. I hope this does not lead to name-calling. These are recommendations for solutions. Solutions to make our kids safer.”
Mattioli added: “I put this on you to implement solutions so people do not have to go through what I’m going through. I was on Google this morning. Nine school shootings since Newtown. I do not know that everybody got the press with respect to the impact. I just applaud you for doing this. I think it is important.”